Rooney's farewell drives Wembley ticket rush

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Wayne Rooney has said he hopes his England farewell could be repeated in the future for the likes of current captain Harry Kane as he shrugged off criticism about his last global appearance.

All-time cap holder Peter Shilton and former interim England boss Stuart Pearce have been among the high-profile critics of the decision to recognise Rooney's contribution with a 120th and final cap, two years after his last appearance against Scotland. "As a country we haven't done anything like this before but I hope that in 10-15 years' time we're doing it for someone like Harry Kane, who could go on to get the goalscoring record". "And I'm going to enjoy Thursday".

"It's something different. I'm not asking people to agree with it, but it is important that there is money raised for the Wayne Rooney Foundation", he added.

"I think they've got superstars", FourFourTwo quoted Rooney as saying at a pre-match press conference.

Rooney is uncertain how emotional the occasion will be, having fought back tears when he broke Bobby Charlton's scoring record after netting in a 2-0 win over Switzerland in September 2015.

Is shown a red card in the World Cup 2006 quarter-final defeat to Portugal for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho, also becoming involved in an altercation with Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo following the incident.

"I made the decision to go to the States and as you well know when I make a decision I tend to stick with it", he said. "We were going to do a game before the World Cup but it was not the right timing", Rooney said.

"It's important to me that I give my full commitment to DC United".

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"Speaking to the FA, we felt it was right, this was the way the FA wanted to move forward".

Rooney's return has already made an impact at the Wembley ticket office, with more than 20,000 tickets sold since his appearance was confirmed earlier this month.

Rooney also said it would not be fair to his four children to move them again.

Rooney, who now plays for MLS side DC United, will appear as a second-half substitute in the game and said his only regret in a Three Lions shirt will now be fulfilled.

"I will finish my career there".

"I've stepped back from that now and can analyse it, and see it was there. Out of the England managers I've had he's probably the only one who's really brought so many through as a group and he deserves a lot of credit for that".

"But sometimes you do put too much on yourself, which sometimes does affect your performances My time has been and gone".

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